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Bryan Barberena Stops The Sage Northcutt Hype

Ok so the kid has potential but he needs experience on the ground. He is horrible at wrestling and thats what MMA is all about. You have to be a versatile fighter.

We already knew Sage Northcutt is an athletic freak, but after upsetting the heavily promoted prospect in Saturday’s UFC on FOX 18 main-card opener, Bryan Barberena showed off some athleticism of his own.

In a FOX-televised bout at Prudential Center in Newark, N.J., Barberena (11-3 MMA, 2-1 UFC) upset nearly 3-1 favorite Northcutt (7-1 MMA, 2-1 UFC) via second-round arm-triangle choke in a welterweight bout.

It was a remarkable performance from a fighter who took the bout on eight days’ notice (watch the Barberena vs. Northcutt video highlights).

After all, Northcutt was riding a wave of momentum – and not just because of two quick UFC wins. The fighter’s young age (19), upbeat personality and a heavy, heavy marketing push from the UFC – and some healthy paydays – put the youngster in the spotlight. Of course, this post-fight flip in December didn’t hurt the buzz (via Twitter):

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